27 OCTOBER 1894

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Up to Friday no change for the better had occurred

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in the Czar's condition, and indeed a substantial change is impossible. The Czar possesses an exceptionally powerful. frame, and even now rises occasionally from his bed ; but...

*** The Editors cannot undertake to return Manuscript, in any

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Lord Rosebery's great speech, which is to be made to-day,

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is expected with justifiable interest. He will, it is stated, ,announce the policy of her Majesty's Government with respect to the House of Lords, and propose a definite plan...

We are sorry to see that the evidence, published in

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the Times of Thursday, of Mr. Lewis TaniPlin, Chief Officer of the Kowshing,' the troop-ship sunk by the J a p anese at the beginning of the war, completely confirms the story...

Intelligence of some importance has been received from the Far

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East this week. The Mikado, in opening his Parliament on October 17th, stated distinctly that the war must proceed until he had obtained his "utmost objects," and the Chamber...


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L ORD ROSEBERY on Thursday delivered a highly in- teresting speech at Sheffield on foreign politics. After au exceedingly graceful reference to the illness of the Czar, and u...


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With the "SPECTATOR" of Saturday, November 3rd, will be issued, gratis, a SPECIAL LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, the outside pages of which will be devoted to Advertisements. To secure...

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The Social Democratic Congress sitting in Berlin is exceedingly unwise.

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It is aware that the Government meditates further enactments, as well as measures to relieve distress ; yet it persists in making enemies. Herr Bebel had great difficulty in...

The Ameer of Afghanistan is not dead, though he is

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admitted to be ill, and has ordered Hyder Khan, the General he most trusts, to hurry up to the capital. It is stated, also, that an arrangement has been made, in which Sir...

There is something extremely funny in the spectacle of the

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Temperance party continually protesting that the Liberal party could never be so base as to desert them, and yet showing all the time an uneasy consciousness that pre- cisely...

We regret to chronicle the death of Professor Fronde, which

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took place at Salcombe, South Devon, last Saturday. Mr. Froude, who was in his seventy-seventh year, never quite got over an illness which seized him in June last,— the result...

A great change is reported in the administration of Egypt.

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The centralised Police is to be abolished, and each Mudir or Prefect intrusted with the police management of his own province. It is conceived that a great evil—the weakness of...

On Tuesday, Mr. Balfour addressed a meeting held in the

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Music Hall, Edinburgh, under the auspices of the Church of Scotland Young Men's Guild. His topic was Disestablish- ment. After dwelling on the unmeaning character of such...

It is by no means impossible that the illness of

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the Czar may have an influence upon the fate of Madagascar. There is a hitch somewhere, for although M. Le Myre de Vilers took with him complete instructions and an ultimatum,...

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Mr. Asquith, addressing his constituents in the Town Hall, Leven,

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on Monday night, declared that the first duty of the Government was to fulfil their primary mandate, i.e., to embody in a legislative form the proposals for Home-rule, which...

The interminable dispute over the Paris Funds, the details of

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which have not been understood even by the Irish, though they have a special genius for the merits of a faction-fight, has come to an end, and the money, over ke10,000, is now...

The Times of Wednesday urges the adoption by our Post-Office

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of the excellent system under which goods can he ordered to come by post against "cash on delivery." The system exists in every other country in Europe, in India, and in the...

Bank Rate, 2 per cent.

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On Wednesday, Sir Thomas Sutherland, the chairman of the Peninsular

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and Oriental Company, delivered his inaugural New Consols (2i) were on Friday, 1011.. address as President of the Institute of Marine Engineers. His theme was the improvement in...

What curious good fortune some investors must have, while the

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majority say they can find nothing to invest in. The annual meeting of the Aerated Bread Company was held on Wednesday, and a dividend was declared equivalent to 45 per cent....

Mr. Asquith addressed a second meeting of his constituents at

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Newburgh on Wednesday, and ran over the various items of the Newcastle programme. The most important passage was that in which he dealt with the Franchise Reform, which the...

The long-delayed appointment to the office of Solicitor- General has

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at last been made. Mr. Lockwood has been placed in the office vacated by Sir Robert Reid, who now becomes Attorney-General, Sir John Rigby having become a Lord Justice. The...

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THE CZAR'S DEATH-BED. F J UROPE is talking of nothing but the melancholy scene.in the Crimea ; and Europe is in the right. No other scene is, for it, fraught with such...


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M R. ASQUITH, as a politician, has not shown any great amount of originality or initiative, but one may always look to his speeches for a good hard, common-sense statement of...

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MHE complete victory of the Clericals in Belgium is 1. one of the most striking and instructive incidents in the recent history of politics. Belgium is not an outside corner of...

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A N incident occurred at Berlin last week which will, we fear, escape in this country the earnest attention it deserves. The Congress of the Social Democratic party, which now...

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W HY should we not try experiments in political life, as we do in other forms of investigation, and if they succeed on a small scale, try them on a larger scale ? That was the...

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shrunk during the lifetime of the writer to one-third its size. In the remarkable speech which Sir Thomas Sutherland, the able chairman of the Peninsular and Oriental Company,...

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W HEN a distinguished writer dies, the necessary and inevitable question that rises to the lips of all those who take thought of the commonweal of letters is,—" Will his work...

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I T is almost a pity that Mr. Rudyard Kipling should have published his last story in the Pall Mall Gazette of Thursday week. No one really reads an evening newspaper, and to...

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W E have it on the authority of the Standard, that what the daily papers call the "Tragedy at the Zoo," "continues to awaken great public interest." The " tragedy " happened a...

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THE SCHOOL BOARD CONTROVERSY. [To TER EDITOR Or TEE " SPECTATOR:9 Sin,—Your article on the School Board controversy, in the Spectator of October 20th, does a slight injustice...

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[TO THE EDITOR 01 THE SPECTATOR."] venture to send two anecdotes culled from my own experience, which go towards proving that we schoolmasters are (I hope) an honourable but...

[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] SIII,—That a man ought

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to be proud of the work of teaching,. I heartily agree. Mr. Gladstone told us years ago that,. "amidst all the kinds of exertion incident to our human state, there is none more...


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SIR,—In the Spectator of October 20th, an "Ulsterman takes up " Vocalist Viator" more sharply than there is any need for, and unconsciously misquotes him as well. It is in...

[To THE EDITOR OP THE "SPECTATOR."] Sia,—Schoolmasters are not especially

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despised in England. The antipathy to them is common to all ages and all countries. Alcibiades started a reputation by flogging his, and with the Greek humourists '2,aoaactroas...


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room for another letter on this subject, I should like to relate an incident which I think may take rank with that of the sympathetic plumber recorded by "E. S. S." A local...

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THE OLD BOOKS, li'stE old books, the old books, the books of long ago ! Who ever felt Miss Austen tame, or called Sir Walter slow ? We did not care the worst to bare of human...


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[To THE EDITOR OF THE " EIPECTATOR."] Sin,—If the interest in this subject still continues, I would • offer my own experience in corroboration of what your corre- spondent,...


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[T0 THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR."] your notice of the late Professor Fronde's "Life and Letters of Erasmus," there occurs the following sentence :— "We may here notice a small...


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MAELCH0. 44 THrs is a book of which the critic might say half-a-dozen die- agreeable things that would be perfectly just, without giving us any idea at all of the main fact,...


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"Brno•raxon."] SIR,—The appointment to the Professorship of Modern History in Oxford is a question of national importance, as it affects the training of men who will be...

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to welcome the second volume of Miss Betham- Edwards's interesting book on France. It is even fuller of information than the first, a little less universally optimist in tone,...

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A PAINTER AT PLAY.* As a period of no less

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than thirty-two years has passed since Mr. Stacy Marks ceased to write the art criticisms for this journal under the signature of Dry Point," and as in the curious line of his...

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RECENT NOVELS.* Mpsm of the novels which have for their

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raison d'are the display of the new literary virtue of "up-to-dateness" are decidedly uncomfortable, and too many of them are decidedly vulgar as well. As Miss Dorothy...


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Tars is in many ways a very disappointing book. Its title and the announcements made in the press previous to its publica- tion allowed students of our political history to...

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AN OLD ELIZABETHAN.* TEN punning title of this book of

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selections goes far to be justified, as far as puns can be, by the courtly and pastoral airs and character of the prose and poetry which Mr. Grosart has culled from the works of...

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In the Heart of the Rookies. By G. A. Henty.

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(Mackie and Son.)—The hero of the story, Tom Wade, is early left an orphan, and having received an invitation to pay his uncle in Colorado a visit, elects to go out to him. A...


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GIFT-BOOKS. The Two Clippers, By F. Frankfort Moore. (S.P.C.K.)—Thia is a good, strong Australian story, well written, and all compact of "action," character, and not too...

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John's Lity. By Eleanor C. Price. (Wells Gardner and Co.)

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—Lily is a little girl who has been stolen away from her parents, and the narrative tells us how she was tended and cared for, and how her father eventually recognised her. We...

In Press-Gang Days. By Edgar Pickering. (Blaokie and Son.) —The

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adventures of Harry Waring occur in the stirring times of the French Revolution. The mutiny at the Nore is one of the first historical incidents worked into the story ;...

The Harringteris at Home. By Ismay Thorn. (Wells Gardner and

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Co.)—We seem to have come across the Harringtons before. " Geoff" and "Jim" sound familiar; but the rest of the characters are fresh and quite in Ismay Thorn's best manner....

WuV the Saxon. By G. I. Henty. (Blackie and Son.)—In

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choosing the times of the Saxon Harold, Mr. Henty has found a subject no leas suited to his pen than life in the Rocky Mountains. He has evidently bestowed much pains on the...

The Unbidden Guest. By E. W. Hornung. (Longmans.)—This is another

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vigorous story of Australian life by the author of "A Bride from the Bush." A girl engaged in a theatrical chorus becomes possessed of a letter of introduction brought by an...

Patriotic Poetry. (Norgate and Co.)—This little collection may be commended

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to teachers. Hymns will naturally be the first things that most children will learn. After them, a choice has to be made, and patriotic poetry has a first claim. This volume...

Red Rose and Tiger-Lily. By Mrs. L. T. Meade. (Cassell

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and Co.)—This story is a continuation, so far at least as it intro- duces again certain characters with whom Mrs. Meade made us acquainted a short while since in "A World of...